Churches will also come under increasing attack by leftist activists, social justice warriors, and "triggered" individuals offended by traditional Christian teachings and values. These attacks will range from simple harassment to the life-threatening and even fatal.
Here are some ideas on how Christians can prepare for persecution:
1 - Consider forming or joining a home church, even as you continue to participate in your larger church. Alternately, having a small group Bible study that meets in private homes that could become a worship group (home church) may be very useful should the Church in America ever be forced underground. Your current church could & should work on such a "break up into smaller private house churches" plan that would be implemented under certain circumstances.
2 - Activists and others may infiltrate our churches to both spy on the "hate speech" and other disapproved activities within the church, as well as to sow discord among members. I suggest your church plan now for how to spot and deal with (remove) such individuals. This is actually a Biblical mandate.
"Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned." -- Titus 3:10-11
3 - A local gay-rights activist comes to your church and demands that your pastor/priest performs his gay marriage at your church. How do you deal with his demand without violating his "civil rights?" A suggestion (not original with me): Before this happens, put in your church's official charter or by-laws that marriages are only performed for church members. In order to qualify, the activist must first join your church. Also in the by-laws, define how one becomes a church member.
For example, put it in writing now that a non-church member (in this case, the gay activist) must get baptized after first attending a series of classes, must make an honest confession of faith, must be a regular church attendee for an established period of time, must attend a series of confirmation classes, then make another public profession of faith to actually join the church. Once they are church members, they are then eligible to gt married in the Church, provided they first attend a series of marriage counseling sessions, etc.
The whole process could be designed to drag on for a year or more, and to be very inconvenient for the gay couple. No way they'll go through all that, and if they do, maybe all that exposure to Biblical teachings will change them. God works miracles. Talk to a Bible-believing attorney about the wording, and do it now. You won't get away with doing it after-the-fact.
If your church is finally forced to perform a gay marriage, then dissolve the church before it performing the ceremony. You can then privately implement your house church plan. Figure out the details of how to dissolve the church now. Again, talk to a bible-believing lawyer.
4 - Be diligent about church security. Direct attacks are already starting to happen (shootings in SC, TX; fire bombs in WA, NY) and likely will increase in the future. Consider installing security cameras, which are not that expensive. A multi-camera CCTV system with DVR recorder can be had for under $200 (here's one such system on Amazon). Many churches are also deciding to have armed security present during services. This can be as simple as having one or two church members carry during the service (of course, find out and follow your local gun laws), or as formal as hiring professional security.
5 - Know and aggressively protect your First Amendment rights. If you don't know the important difference between Freedom of Religion (guaranteed by the Constitution) and Freedom of Worship (much weaker), please read my article on the subject for an eye-opening experience.
There are a number of Christian law organizations specializing in providing legal services in defense of Freedom of Religion.
Legal Help with Freedom of Religion Issues
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
Legal helpline: 1-757-226-2489
Christian Law Association (ALC)
Alliance Defending Freedom
Toll Free: 1-800-835-5233
6 - Finally, get right with God and know what you believe. Pray, read the Bible, study apologetics, and attend regular worship services. The more you know, the more mature you are in your relationship with God, the stronger you will be when facing persecution.
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